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Monday, 15 March 1971

Senator CAVANAGH asked the Minis ter representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   Was a secret agreement entered into by the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada in November 1945 known as the Quebec Agreement?

(2)   Was the agreement for the exchange of atomic, chemical and biological warfare and rocket information?

(3)   Did Australia subsequently become a party to this agreement and if so. who signed the agreement on behalf of Australia?

(4)   Did the Agreement provide for the signatories to establish forces within Australia to protect their interests in relation to any activity in Australia; if so, could such foreign forces take any action to protect the interests of their Government without reference to the Australian Government?

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON - The Minister for Foreign Affairs has furnished the following reply: (1), (2), (3) and (4)I have no knowledge of such an agreement.

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